Holocaust Memorial Day 2011

Thursday 27 January

Events at the Memo and Art Central

Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 will be commemorated in the Vale of Glamorgan by exhibitions and a premiere film screening  as part of the ‘Untold Stories' Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 - A First National Event for Wales.

In partnership the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Welsh Assembly Government and Memorial Hall and Theatre will premiere the latest film documentary, Walking with Destiny, from The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles. The commemmoration exhibitions are Untold Stories, to be shown at Art Central, and Journey Line, shown at the Memo.

Untold Stories

Art Central Exhibition
Tuesday 11 January - Saturday 26 February, 10:00am - 4:00pm
(Tuesdays to Saturdays)

People from across the country were invited to share their ‘Untold Stories’ to mark the HMD national event for Wales. Art Central in Barry, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s art gallery, is hosting an exhibition of the ‘Untold Stories’ that were submitted, including local and national stories, poems, photography, DVDs and art works.

Young people tell of their great grandparents’ and other family members’ World War II experiences, and Sully resident Eileen Younghusband recounts her experiences as a World War II V2 bomber spotter, alongside many other, moving and fascinating personal tales.


Winston Churchill:
Walking with Destiny

Film Screening at the Memo
Thursday 27 January 7:30pm

Narrated by Academy Award™ Winner Sir Ben Kingsley

The newest production from the Moriah Films Division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center focuses on the years 1940 and 1941, when the Swastika flew over continental Europe. Only England with her back to the wall, under Winston Churchill, remained defiant.

Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime.

As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the War in 1940, but without him, the War most certainly would have been lost. Sir Martin Gilbert, historical consultant for the film and Churchill's official biographer, adds that had Churchill's warnings about Nazi Germany's racial policies towards Jews been heeded in the early 1930's, the Holocaust may never have occurred.

The film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.

Ticket holders can preview the Journey Line exhibition on 27.01.11, between 18.00 -19.00

The Film premiere and exhibition  tickets are free, but must be booked in advance by contacting the Memo
Box Office:  01446 738622
Email: boxoffice@barrymemo.co.uk
Website: memorialhalltheatre.co.uk

Journey Line

Memo Exhibition
Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 January 10:00am - 4:00pm
Imagine you’re on a train. It’s overcrowded and you can’t sit down and you’re not even sure you’ll make it to your destination.

Now imagine that at the end of that journey, weary, hungry and scared, you have to thread a needle or a sewing machine. If you can you might live. If you can’t you might die.

Journey Line is an exhibition compiled by Nicola Tucker and Maciej Hoffman.

Nicola Tucker unpicks the complicated tapestry of horror that was the holocaust into the individual thread lines of stories. In this exhibition she explores the stories of the tailors whose survival in the death camps hung by the threads that they could stitch into the uniforms of the camp guards. Even in such extreme circumstance those Jewish tailors subverted the threads, weaving them into the hessian torsos of the pattern uniforms to make rudimentary prayer shawls, the blue thread representing hope in the Jewish prayer robe.

Maciej Hoffman’s work takes a similarly expository approach to Tucker’s, although it deals with wider themes: The discomfort felt by contemporary society when faced with the Holocaust; the erasure of individuality from those in the concentration camps. Like Tucker, Hoffman uses the railway line as a metaphorical link for the journeys made by the victims of the Holocaust and plays on the spiky nature of barbed wire as it pricks the bubble of history.

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